Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island installs 16 new Tesla chargers

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island installs 16 new Tesla chargers
Each of Yas Island's two theme parks has been equipped with three new Tesla chargers [representational image].
Published: 16 July 2017 - 4:18 a.m.
By: Fatima De La Cerna

Yas Island has completed the installation of 16 new Tesla chargers at Yas Mall and Yas Island theme parks, it has been revealed.

The installation of the new chargers brings Yas Island’s total number of electric vehicle charging stations to 22 spread across five locations. Yas Island already has four BMW and Mercedes chargers and two other electric vehicle charging stations, UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.

The addition of Tesla chargers to Yas Island’s existing stations is reportedly in response to the increase in demand for such facilities in the area, following the introduction of the Tesla Model S and X vehicles in the UAE. It also anticipates the release of Tesla’s most affordable vehicle yet, Model 3, which is scheduled to be launched at the end of this month.

Gerardo Llanes, executive director of Yas Island Destination Management, commented: "At Yas Island, we want to ensure that all of our visitors, joining us from near and far, feel a genuine sense of encouragement to come and enjoy the wide range of activities, events, and attractions on offer.

“By consistently expanding our ease of accessibility and transportation options, we aim to create a smooth, memorable, and facilitated experience, 365 days of the year."

He added, "With the recent additions, Yas Island is now home to Abu Dhabi’s largest cluster of charging stations. This reinforces Yas Island’s status as a world-class destination that is aligned with its visitors’ needs and demands, as well as the UAE’s [2021 vision] for sustainable environment and infrastructure."

According to WAM, the new Tesla chargers are for the exclusive use of zero-emission electric cars and can be used free of charge during the opening hours of the parks.

Electric cars can reportedly achieve a full charge within approximately 30 minutes.

Yas Island said that its two theme parks are now equipped with three chargers each, which are located outside their main entrances. One charger is intended for UAE/EU Tesla vehicles; another is for North American Tesla vehicles; and one for any vehicle manufactured to the EU Electric vehicle standards.

Yas Mall, meanwhile, has been equipped with 10 Tesla electric chargers, seven of which are compatible with all types of electric vehicles.

The remaining charges include two Mercedes B Class Electric Drive chargers and two BMW I Wallbox Pro chargers, alongside one Tesla charger at the Yas Viceroy Hotel, and one electric vehicle charger at the ADNOC service station on Yas Island.

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